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Pakistan today reiterated its eight point action programme for revitalizing the Non Aligned Movement to effectively address the new and emerging global challenges in the areas of peace, security and development in the 21st Century.

This vision of a new and reinvigorated NAM was originally outlined by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at the XV NAM Summit in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt in 2009 and was reaffirmed by Federal Minister of Textile Industry Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Head of Pakistan delegation, in his statement at the XVI Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held at Bali, Indonesia on May 25-27, 2011.

The Ministerial meeting was inaugurated by the President of Indonesia and attended by Ministerial and other senior level representatives from the 120 NAM member states as well as observers and guest countries especially invited for the occasion.

The Ministerial Conference was convened to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of NAM and to reflect on the contributions that NAM can make over the next fifty years. To this end, the NAM Ministers adopted a comprehensive outcome document outlining a shared vision of NAM for the next 50 years and a commemorative declaration marking the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Non Aligned Movement.

Makhdoom Shahabuddin also reiterated Pakistan’s proposal for the establishment of a NAM Ad Hoc Working Group for discussing and forging a draft common vision statement on New Multilateralism and the role of the Movement in the 21st Century.

“Today, in this increasingly divided and fragmented world where foreign occupation, unilateral use of force, terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and non-fulfillment of nuclear disarmament obligations are still living realities, the principles and ideals of NAM are ever more relevant and critical,” he stressed.

He also emphasized that NAM should reenergize its efforts to uphold and strengthen the timeless principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-aggression, non-intervention, and peaceful co-existence.

26 May 2011

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